Small Hobby Farm near Gros Morne National Park in Western Newfoundland, Canada

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  2020 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi there! We are Kristi and Brad.

    Our ideal workawayers are hard-working, strong, nature-loving, independent people that don't mind working rain or shine and can preferably stay with us for a minimum of one month. Our helpers also must love dogs since interaction/grooming of our Newf will be a daily occurrence.

    We live in a cabin on a lake with a 1 acre hobby farm/homestead with Shamrock, a 12 year old Cocker spaniel and Jacopo, a large, slobbery Newfoundland puppy. We are adopting a more self sustaining lifestyle with a smaller carbon footprint. We like to manufacture, re-purpose, repair and barter as much as we can instead of contributing to our consumer-driven, disposable society. We have layer chickens year round. In summer/fall we also raise pigs and broiler chickens. The gardens are a work in progress, but we try to grow whatever vegetables possible for this climate.

    The farm animals that live here are ultimately harvested for food, but they live a happy life and until their time is up, they are treated with respect and care. We eat a lot of eggs, pork, and moose. We have "cool" storage, so potatoes, turnip, beets and carrots from the garden are available to us most of the year--gotta make a proper cold storage cellar.

    For the last three years, we have welcomed guests into our home from all over the world as Superhosts by renting out one of our bedrooms. But last year, we decided to try WorkAway instead for a couple months. Summer is an extremely busy time for us, juggling the gardens, caring for the animals, property maintenance and full-time jobs. We both work in Gros Morne National Park with Brad as a hiking guide and Kristi as visitor experience support for Parks Canada.

    We are outdoor enthusiasts who appreciate joy in the little things. Knowing life is short, we'd rather focus our efforts on experiences and relationships versus material stuff. Our cabin is cozy and has all the basic essentials for us to live here year round, but it is nothing fancy and lots of areas need upgrading.

    We enjoy all types of activities including back country hiking/camping, kayaking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hunting and gardening. Downtime involves a lot of social time around campfires, chats about future farm projects and playing with the dogs.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Farmstay
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We constantly try new ideas with what livestock and eco-friendly initiatives would be best suited here, and each year we gain more knowledge. For example, in 2018, we purchased a sawmill, began a vermicompost, raised 20 broiler chickens and 2 pigs, and built a potato box tower. We even smoked our own bacon and brewed some beer! We are eager to implement more sustainable practices and be more diligent/knowledgeable with the garden in 2020. Although Google is a very helpful resource, nothing beats first hand experience and would appreciate any insight from Workawayers. We have lots to share about raising chickens, and we were also very successful with our pigs two years in a row. Brad is honing his carpentry skills with each project he completes (custom bookshelf, pantry, woodshed). We love inquisitive minds, and will gladly teach what we know.

  • Help

    Help

    Regular tasks:
    Feed/water animals in the morning and evening
    Collect and clean eggs
    Dog sitting, grooming, training
    Move animals from one area to another throughout the day, or watch over them while free ranging
    Gardening (planting, weeding, watering, harvesting)
    Wood splitting, wood stacking
    Collect firewood in the bush
    Move saw logs, assist with sawmill
    Change bedding for animals/muck out pens
    Turn compost pile
    Lawn cutting
    Trail cutting/brush burning
    Rock picking
    "spring" cleaning in the house (on rainy days)

    Special projects for 2020:
    Create a dry creek bed
    Construct cold frames and greenhouse
    Build fence around property
    Construct raised beds and planters
    Help us raise 2 turkeys for the first time!

    We will expect 5 hours of work, 5 days a week. Cooking and doing dishes will be a shared responsibility in addition to the 25 hours per week.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    ~A private room upstairs with a double bed and dresser or
    - Outside in a tent

    (smoking is permitted outside only)

    We have very poor cell reception on our property, but we have reliable, fast internet and a landline phone.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Staying here will offer opportunities to connect with nature, experience cabin country living, and gear down to a slower pace. Our property is across the road from the lake which is amazingly refreshing for a summer swim. We have two kayaks that guests can borrow. Evening campfires under the stars are a regular occurrence.

    We are located a scenic 30 minute drive from Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, which is filled with hiking trails for all levels and beautiful landscapes. It is definitely a special place to visit, and we can provide lots of customized advice on what to do.

    Since our property is off the beaten path (2 kilometers away from the highway on a gravel road), Workawayers with their own transportation would be best suited here. There is no public transportation. However, workawayers are welcome to tag along during their days off/down time to wherever we are headed. We drive to and from Gros Morne National Park almost on a daily basis and into Deer Lake/Corner Brook for supplies once every 7-10 days.

    Any questions? Just ask!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

  • ...

    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

View from backyard
Side garden
Beautiful Bonne Bay Pond
A small sample of our crops
Jacopo (4 months) and Shamrock (12 yrs)
Jacopo, 3.5 months old Jan 2020
Sawing some lumber
Some Rhode Island Red layers
Shamrock and a layer chick - 2017
We sell farm fresh eggs
Young pigs 2018
Broiler chicks 2018
Coop upgrades 2018
Evening kayak on the pond

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